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UA Rich Mountain Students Encouraged to Take Advantage of Arkansas Transfer Scholarship

According to a recent report from the Arkansas Division of Higher Education, about 73 percent of the 687 Arkansas community college transfers to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in the 2018-2019 academic year, transferred from Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville. In May, the University of Arkansas took steps toward establishing a transfer

pipeline, offering major scholarship help to graduates of the seven community colleges within the University of Arkansas System, including UA – Rich Mountain. UA Chancellor Joe Steinmetz announced the new scholarship while delivering the May commencement address at UA - Rich Mountain. Steinmetz said the university is “committed to the UA System transfer program for the long term.”

However, the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is currently trying to determine what costs the scholarship will add up to for the campus. Steinmetz said, “We're using the University of Arkansas System schools as a pilot program because we don't know, and really can't predict, the number of students that might take advantage of this transfer scholarship.” The seven UA System community col-

leges are: Pulaski Tech, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope-Texarkana, University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton and

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Polk County Fair Offered Bearcats 36 - Leopards 0 Something for Everyone The 2019 Polk County Fair has concluded and this year’s fair was a success. This fair featured a large number of livestock exhibitors. Many of these exhibitors will advance to other livestock shows and the state fair in Little Rock. Educational exhibits were displayed in the Education Building along with organizational exhibits from 4H groups as well as individuals. Each department offered a wonderful sampling of the talents in and around the area. Local businesses and organization were available to greet patrons and display their products and information in the Commercial Building. Polk County businesses enjoy participating while greeting their customers and families. And, this year’s fair featured new carnival rides for fair goers of all ages. As the book is closed on the 2019 Polk County Fair, work begins on the 2020 fair. Check out the fair photo section for more photos and a list of winners and buyers.

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Connecting with Arkansas Classrooms...by Senator John Boozman Students across the state are back in class for the 2019-2020 school year. As administrators, teachers and pupils begin diving into new lesson plans and formulating goals and objectives to work toward this year, we are all excited for what the future holds. I believe in interacting with students and teachers through the power of technology. That’s why I plan to continue connecting with Arkansas classrooms via video chatting services like Skype this school year as I have for the past several years. Spending time with teachers and students in our state even while I’m working in Washington, D.C. has proven to be a rewarding and fun experience. Our educators have an incredibly meaningful and empowering responsibility to prepare students for success. Young Arkansans are well-served by their teachers’ efforts to help them learn, grow and develop the skills and abilities needed to chase their dreams and eventually contribute to our state and their communities. As a former member of the Rogers School Board, I understand how challeng-

ing it can be for educators and administrators to do more with less. That’s why I will continue making it a priority to find ways to support and recognize the critical work they do on behalf of our students. Having a dialogue with the education community in Arkansas, which I do by hosting video calls with classes across the state, provides me the opportunity to hear what is on students’ minds as well as receive real-time feedback and insight from their teachers. I’ve hosted these discussions with many classes in the past and have consistently participated in conversations that are beneficial to myself and my staff in Washington and Arkansas. During these discussions, I usually try to help students understand what I do as one of their voices within the federal government in addition to helping inform and bring real-life examples to the lessons they’ve been taught about in civics, history and social studies. Our visits also

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Have We Learned From History? -by Jeff Olson The hostilities of World War II began 80 years ago this week (September 1) when Germany invaded Poland, but its foundation was set years earlier with a slow and subtle decline and transformation of Germany's culture. As with all wars and other human events in history, there are lessons to be learned. German philosopher Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831) is noted for stating that “We learn from history that we do not learn from history.” He definitely has been proven right many times, and my case in point here may be another example of the truth of his statement. The origins of any nation's stability and longevity can usually be traced to her religious roots which give rise to her culture. America is no exception to this, but yet she is an exceptional example. Her greatness can be credited to several sources, but the Biblical precepts of the preeminence of human life in the created order, the doctrine of original sin, individual freedom, the rule of law, and liberty of conscience are among the leading ones. Most of our Founders rejected the Enlightenment myth of the innate goodness of man; a myth which has been confirmed as such throughout history, but emphatically so by the French Revolution (1789-1799). Fast forward to 1930s Europe, and specifically Germany. These had been predominantly Christian cultures, but this was a period when faith in the social sciences and in intellectual solutions to moral problems had been on the rise. Christian Scientists believed all evil to be an illusion that could be eliminated by the exercise of the mind and government control, and the harshness of human evil from earlier wars no longer seemed real or even relevant to the

present time or future. Within this environment: Adolph Hitler, upon his acceptance of the chancellorship of Germany in 1933, established an absolute dictatorship with a purpose and determination to implement his socialist/ collectivist-based economic policies which eventually would buttress Germany's capability to achieve many of Hitler's military goals. In so doing, he totally disregarded government's God-ordained and delegated purpose and role. To him the state was everything and he was its god. In the face of his tremendous popularity, practically all institutions of society succumbed to his control and failed to challenge him. This was statism and tyranny at their worst. Only the church had the independence and the institutional power to stand between Hitler and absolute totalitarianism, but the church was alone and divided from within. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Christian leaders failed to see the impending cultural revolution and its moral implications brewing in Germany, and consequently the church neglected to provide an independent moral compass and failed to hold the state to account. There were a few exceptions, the greatest among them being Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (19061945), Bonheoffer made a strong effort in appealing to these leaders, but they could not or would not understand what the church struggle in Germany represented. The church was unfortunately caught up in the trends of the day, surrendering its influence as the moral voice and conscience the country so desperately needed. In Bonhoeffer's words, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.

Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." The Nazis had no tolerance for Bonheoffer's bold Christian message of truth nor for his faith and courage. He was executed (hanged) at the concentration camp at Flossenbürg. This dark era of history serves to remind America (and the world) that, in a constitutional republic and free society, the citizenry must be a virtuous people who know their history, are informed on current issues and events affecting their culture, and are proactive in applying their knowledge and instilling their core values into the civil/social order and political process. This is true regardless of who our leaders are. Otherwise, history will certainly repeat itself from consequences born out of apathy, ignorance of history, misplaced faith, neglected personal responsibility, misunderstood institutional

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Police Reports... The charges against those arrested are allegations and the cases are still pending in the courts. Individuals charged and whose names appear in this column may submit documentation to us at a later date that the charges have been dismissed or that they have been found innocent and we will include that information in this space in a timely manner.

Polk County Arraignment Report STATE OF ARKANSAS vs. MELTON RAY CANNON White Male / DOB: 05/17/1965 Date of Offense: December 13, 2018 COUNT I: POSSESSION OF A SCHEDULED VI CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, Defendant did unlawfully possess a Schedule VI controlled substance with an aggregate weight, including an adulterant or diluent, of four ounces (4 oz.) or more but less than ten pounds (10 lbs) constituting a Class D Felony. STATE OF ARKANSAS vs. VICKIE RAMIREZ White Female / DOB: 02/19/1977 Date of Offense: August 23, 2019 COUNTI: POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, defendant did possess with the purpose to use the drug paraphernalia to INJECT, INGEST, INHALE, or otherwise introduce METHAMPHETAMINE into the human body, constituting a Class D Felony. COUNT II: REFUSAL TO SUBMT TO ARREST, defendant did refuse to submit to arrest by knowingly resisting a person known by her to be a law enforcement officer effecting an arrest, constituting a Class B Misdemeanor. STATE OF ARKANSAS vs. MATTHEW W. HACKWORTH White Male / DOB: 12/19/1984 Date of Offense: 08/22/2019

COUNT I: POSSESSION OF A SCHEDULE II CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, defendant, unlawfully possessed METHAMPHETAMINE, a Schedule II controlled substance, in an amount less than 2 grams, said possession constituting a Class D Felony. STATE OF ARKANSAS vs. DAVID HOWELL White Male / DOB: 08/03/1981 Date of Offense: 08/14/2019 COUNT I: FAILURE TO APPEAR, defendant, did unlawfully fail to appear to answer a felony charge in CR 2019 152, without reasonable excuse, subsequent to having been lawfully set at liberty upon condition that he appear at a specified time, place, and court, and all against the peace and dignity of the State of Arkansas. STATE OF ARKANSAS vs. CRYSTAL THACKER FARMER White Female / DOB: 03/25//1988 Date of Offense: August 24, 2019 COUNT I: POSSESSION OF METH WITH THE PURPOSE TO DELIVER, defendant, unlawfully possessed methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, with the purpose to deliver, in an aggregate weight of less than two grams (28), COUNT II: POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE VI CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, defendant unlawfully possessed a Schedule VI Controlled Substance, marijuana, with an aggregate weight of less than four (4) ounces, COUNT III: POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, defendant, did possess with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia to manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain or conceal methamphetamine, constituting a Class “B” Felony.

Rutledge Seeks Congressional Action for Autism Services LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES Act of 2019. This legislation provides ongoing federal support for research into autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and services to those affected by these conditions. “All Arkansas families deserve the support and resources for their loved ones who are on the autism spectrum,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “More research and services are necessary to address the needs of our rapidly in-

creasing population of Americans on the autism spectrum.” A previous version of this legislation is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2019. The Autism CARES Act of 2019 currently exists as H.R. 1058 in the U.S. House of Representatives and S. 427 in the U.S. Senate. Congress began addressing autism in 2000 with the first enactment of the bill. The Autism CARES Act of 2019 will continue Congress’ ongoing mission to ensure that those living with ASD receive the necessary support and research.

Hatfield Lions Club Announces Scholarship Winner

The Hatfield Lions Club is pleased to announce the winner of their Gantz-Hays Scholarship for 2019 is Tateli Thacker. Tateli is the daughter of Ron and Tonya Thacker of Mena and is a 2019 graduate of Mena High School. Tateli was chosen from among many other candidates who submitted their application for consideration. She was chosen to receive the Gantz-Hays scholarship based on her GPA, community service, financial need and high school achievements. She will receive $500 for the fall semester and another $500 for her spring semester. Tateli plans on attending the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain this fall. The Hatfield Lions Club would like to wish Tateli the best in her future endeavors. The Hatfield Lions Club meets on the second Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm at the Lions Club House in Hatfield. If you are interested in our club please join us at our next meeting, September, 12, 2019.

-Scholarship from pg. 1 and the University of Arkansas Community College at Rich Mountain. “I just hope it has the effect we're looking for, and that is to get more students with fouryear degrees in the state of Arkansas,” Steinmetz said.

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USDA Forest Service Conducting Environmental Analysis of Albert Pike The USDA Forest Service will conduct an environmental analysis using the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process to determine the future use of the Albert Pike Recreation Area. The environmental analysis will carefully consider the physical environment of the site, consider public health and safety issues, analyze potential liability risks, and will provide multiple opportunities for productive public engagement. Two of the four loops have been closed and overnight camping has not been allowed at Albert Pike since a flash flood killed 20 people at and around the campground in June 2010. “To ensure visitor safety, the entire area will remain closed to overnight camping during the analysis and decision-making process,� said Chris Ham, Recreation and Planning staff officer on the Ouachita Na-

tional Forest. The use of the NEPA process will allow the Forest Service to make a well-informed decision on the future use of Albert Pike. The process will involve considering the physical environment of the site, the current and historic hydrologic status of the area, assessing the potential use of emergency detection and warning systems, and the opinions and comments of the public and other stakeholders. The environmental analysis will allow feedback from the public and other stakeholders, along with a thorough understanding of public safety and liability risks, that will help make the best decision for the future use of Albert Pike. The environmental analysis is scheduled to begin late autumn 2019. For more information on the Ouachita National Forest, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita.

Photo submitted by Jonathan Canaday. Photos shows one of the former loops that was used for overnight camping.

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THWEATT Mary Frances Thweatt, age 84, of Mena, died Saturday, August 31, 2019 at CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Friday, February 8, 1935 to Ira and Ludie Bell Davis Coffman in Hopper, Arkansas. Fran was a Christian woman who lived her life by the Golden Rule. She spent her life raising her family and was a wonderful caring mother to all of them. Fran spent 51 years married to the love of her life, Bobby, who passed away in 2010 and she never stopped missing him. She met Elvis before his rise to fame, and she adored his music. Fran was a talented gardener and nothing gave her more joy than flowers and working in her yard. She was very skilled at crocheting and her doilies were well known to people around her. She was so proud of all her kids and grandkids and loved them with all her heart. Fran was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Thweatt; two brothers: Troy Coffman and Gene Coffman; and one sister, Retha Golden. She is survived by two sons: Ron Thweatt of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Larry Thweatt of Mena; two daughters and son in law, Darlene Carter of San Marcus, California, and Cyndi and Kevin Beerbohm of Escondido, California; two sisters, Betty Weatherford of Mena, and Ila Batie of Shreveport, Louisiana; five grandchildren: Sarah and Adam Calahan of Flagstaff, Arizona, Zach and Farren Thweatt of Surprise, Arizona, Christine and Jessi-

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ca Rojas of Escondido, California, Austin Beerbohm of Escondido, California, and Trevor Beerbohm of Escondido, California; six great grandchildren: Connor Calahan, Adison Calahan, and Olivia Calahan of Flagstaff, Arizona, and Elias Thweatt, Lilly Thweatt, and Amelia Thweatt of Surprise, Arizona; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in memory of Mary (Fran) Thweatt to CHI St. Vincent Hospital at www.chistvincent.com, or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Funeral service will be Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Ron Thweatt officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Pallbearers will be Ron Thweatt, Larry Thweatt, Steve Batie, Wendell Coffman, James Coffman, Andrew Batie, Zach Thweatt, and Kevin Beerbohm. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

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SCHAFER Warren Schafer went to meet the Lord on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 surrounded by his family. Warren was a passionate man who loved his Lord, his family and country. He studied the Bible daily and mentored many, enriching their faith in the Lord. He always said, “You can’t threaten me with Heaven”. He has won the battle and is now where he always longed to be. He will be greatly missed by all that were blessed to know him. He is survived by his wife, Lynette Schafer; sons: Steve Schafer and Stan Schafer; grandson, Brian Schafer; granddaughter, Monica Schafer; great-grandson, Jonathen Schafer He was preceded to the Lord by his father, Ralph Schafer; mother, Esther Schafer; uncle, James Schafer; and an aunt, Viola Rhodes. A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church in Mena with Brother Gary Garrett and Brother Victor Rowell officiating. Arrangements were made under the di-

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COX Patricia Louise Cox age 81 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, August 26, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas. Patricia was born on March 3, 1938 in Codora, California to the late Marshall D. Boggs and the late Dortha O. Craig Boggs. She worked in the Nursing profession as an LPN nurse until she retired. She loved and was devoted to nursing. Patricia enjoyed sewing, reading and listening to old country music. She adored going to sing at nursing homes. Patricia was a loving and dedicated sister, and friend. She is survived by her sisters: Janice and husband Reginald Skinner of Mena, Arkansas, Linda K. Barry and husband Tom of Georgia; brothers, Marshall Boggs, Jr. and wife Celia of Conway, Arkansas; numerous nephews, nieces along with other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marshall and Dortha Boggs; husband, Paul Cox; a brother, Jerry D. Boggs; nephew, Darrell Boggs; and a great-nephew, Ethan Denton. Graveside service was Friday, August 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Gilead Cemetery with Brother Marshall Boggs, Jr. officiating under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. General Visitation. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

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STOUT Pamela S. Stout, age 75, formerly of Mena passed away August 24, 2019 in California. She is survived by her husband, James Stout; children: Fred and Kimberly; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 04, 2019 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

HAROLD GENE

LOVING Harold Gene Loving, age 56, of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019 at his home surrounded by friends and family. He was born March 27, 1963 in DeQueen, Arkansas to the late Harold Ray Loving and his mother Nora Jean Hanley Gordon. Harold loved to socialize with friends, family, and anyone else who would take the time. He was a Razorback fan, enjoyed going to TJ’s for breakfast, but wrestling was Harold’s favorite past-time. He attended the First Baptist Church in Hatfield. Harold was a great son, uncle, brother and friend to all that knew him; he will be dearly missed by all. He is survived by his mother, Nora Jean Gordon of Hatfield, Arkansas; step-father, John Gordon of Hatfield, Arkansas; brother, Allen Loving of Hatfield, Arkansas; sisters: Renee Veal of Mena, Arkansas and Paige Self of Hatfield, Arkansas; aunts: Lois Ruffin of Hatfield, Arkansas, Pat Sanford of Wright City, Oklahoma, and Doris Gist of Colbert, Oklahoma; and special nephews: Aaden Self of Hatfield, Arkansas and Dillon Loving of Hatfield, Arkansas. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Loving; the man that raised him, Lloyd Self; maternal grandparents, Clarence Dean Hanley and Stella Mae Hanley; his uncles: Troy Ruffin and Clarence Dean “Bud” Hanley; and his aunt, Margie Black. Funeral service will be Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena. Officiating the service will be Brother Victor Rowell, internment will follow at Six Mile cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Leon Jordan, Kenny Miller, Ray Hagler, Joey Hughes, Lucas Loving, Nicholas Loving. Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Fairless, Steve Oglesby, Michael Brewer, Bob Brewer, Sr. and Gary Rose. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com


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Polk County Library Receives Book Donation from Modern Woodmen Article submitted by Mary Renick, Polk County Public Library Librarian The Polk County Public Library in Mena recently received a significant donation of bi-lingual (Spanish-English) study materials provided by the Modern Woodmen of America. Dicey Miller, representing Modern Woodmen, presented the materials to Librarian Mary Renick in appreciation of the services provided by the library.

The library currently offers free conversational Spanish classes to the community, so these materials are especially welcome at this time. The class meets each Saturday morning at 11:00am in the community room at the library. Students progress at their own pace and new participants are welcome to join at any time. For more information on the conversational Spanish class, contact the library at 394-2314.

“…I Came To Build My Church” (Mt. 15: 18)

Submitted photo by Mary Renick, Librarian of the Polk County Public Library. Dicey Miller, left, of the Modern Woodmen of America, presented a donation of bi-lingual study materical to Renick for the Polk County Public Library.

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The Bible is filled with warnings about the state of the Christian church in the last days. Jesus warned that there would be false prophets and false Christs. The letter written to the Laodicean church (Revelation 3: 14-20) is, many Bible scholars believe, a letter describing the last days church. This the “church” that keeps Jesus outside. And then there is a warning about a great apostasy (coming from a Greek word that word that means “away from to stand”). We can only stand away from something that we were close to. In II Thessalonians 2: 3 speaking of end times events the Bible says “Let no one deceived you in any way because it will not come unless the apostasy (falling away) comes first…” We are living in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ. In these days the Church of Jesus Christ is critically important in the “calling in” of believers around the world. But how can we tell the real church from the false. The Bible makes it very clear that there will be a Christian religion that is not the Christian faith. That is coming to pass now. So how do we tell the real from the phony? I. The real Church is known by what it believes, especially what it believes about Jesus Christ. So, what does the Bible have to say about Him? 1. That He was in fact the God of creation! “Without Him was not anything made that was made. (See John 1: 1-3, 14) 2. That He was born of a virgin, with the Holy Spirit as the One who caused Mary’s pregnancy 3. That He lived a sinless life, necessary if He was to be the Savior (see Exodus 12) 4. That on the cross He died and in His death took our judgment upon Himself (II Cor. 5: 21) 5. That after being dead and buried He came out of the grave (by many evidences!) 6. That He will most certainly return to this planet to finish all that He started II. The real Church is known about how it relates to itself. Two Biblical principles govern that relationship. From Luke 6: 31 we read “And just as you want men to do to you, do to them likewise.” And from Matthew 25: 40 we read “… truly I say to you inasmuch as you have done it to one of these the least of My brothers you have done it to Me.” Every part of the Church of Jesus Christ bases all relationships upon these two passages. Jesus said that we of the Church are to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 13: 34). Only those love who care! (See also I Cor. 12: 12-22; Col. 3: 23; I Peter 4: 10). III. And then the real Church is known by how it relates to the community around it. Not just doing good things, almost all organizations do “good things,” but they are not the Church. ONE THING distinguishes the Church from all other organiza tions, and it is not the size of a congregation, nor the million-dollar buildings, nor its many programs, nor the degrees its leaders may hold. ONE THING ONLY. The real church is an “ambassador for Christ” (II Cor. 5: 20). An ambassador is the representative of one country in the court of another. THE CHURCH of Jesus Christ is to represent, and express, Him. Failing that we have failed it all. MESSAGE PROVIDED AND PAID FOR BY GENE STACKS


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One Confirmed Case of Rabies in Polk County...

Polk County has had one confirmed case of Rabies in skunks as of this month. The latest map for confirmed Rabies cases in Arkansas is attached. Skunks and bats are the main reservoirs for rabies in our state. If you want to know more about this ever-present and deadly disease, please contact the Arkansas Department of Health!

2019 Great Rivers Wilderness Skills Institute Registration Open (RUSSELLVILLE) The United States Forest Service and Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards are hosting the 2nd annual Great Rivers Wilderness Skills Institute Nov. 4 – 8, at the Lake Dardanelle State Park in Russellville, Ark. The free training offers a Crosscut Saw A/B certification, fundamentals of re-handling traditional tools, and learning Wilderness Stewardship history and fundamentals. Registration for the institute began Aug. 9 and ends Sept. 13. “We’re very excited to work shoulder to shoulder with our great partners at the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards to provide students in the Mid-South important knowledge and skills essential to protecting America’s federally designated wilderness,” said Chris Ham, Ouachita National Forest recreation, planning, heritage & wilderness staff officer.

The Great Rivers WSI gets its name from the region of America through which many rivers flow, including the Mississippi, Buffalo, Arkansas, and Eleven-Point. To register for the institute, visit its website at https://wildernessskillsinstitute. org/great-rivers-wilderness-skills-institute-2019/ to complete a short application process. For more information, contact the following points-of contact: Robert Duggan on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests at (479) 964-7238, email: robert.duggan@ usda.gov; Chris Ham on the Ouachita National Forest at (501) 321-5320, email: christopher.ham@usda.gov; Kelly Pearson on the Shawnee National Forest at (618) 833-8576, email: kelly.pearson@usda.gov; or Ed Sherman on the Mark Twain National Forest at (573) 996-2153, email: edward. sherman@usda.gov.

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LEXI MILES, OFF THE GRID 4H, GRAND CHAMPION MARKET HOG BUYER: UNION BANK

HOPE LOTT, MENA FFA, GRAND CHAMPION MARKET LAMB/GRAND CHAMPION COUNTY BRED MARKET LAMB/RESERVE COUNTY BRED MARKET LAMB- BUYER: UNION BANK

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KOLBI MCCOURTNEY, MOUNTAIN VALLEY 4H, GRAND CHAMPION PULLET CHAIN- BUYER: FARM BUREAU WOMEN

KALLI SMITH, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, GRAND CHAMPION PEN OF FRYERS AND SINGLE FRYER- BUYER: TYSON

BRANDON SMITH, OFF THE GRID 4H, SUPREME DAIRY GOAT- BUYER: TYSON

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LANDRIE TADLOCK, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, SUPREME HEIFER- BUYER: UNION BANK

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JUSTIN BELL, HICKORY CREEK 4H, COUNTY BRED CHAMPION HOG- BUYER: UNION BANK

NICHOLAS MCCOURTNEY, MOUNTAIN VALLEY 4H, COUNTY BRED CHAMPION MARKET GOAT- BUYER: UNION BANK

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JACEY WHISENHUNT, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, COUNTY BRED CHAMPION REGISTERED HEIFER- BUYER: TOON CATTLE COMPANY

ADDI DOLLAR, IRONS FORK 4H/MENA FFA, RESERVE CHAMPION COUNTY BRED BULLBUYER: UNION BANK

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AUTUMN FRACHISEUR, OFF THE GRID 4H, RESERVE MARKET STEER/GRAND CHAMPION BULL- BUYER: UNION BANK

LANDRIE TADLOCK, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, RESERVE CHAMPION MARKET HOG- BUYER: UNION BANK

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COY FRACHISEUR, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, RESERVE COUNTY BRED STEER- BUYER: UNION BANK

ZAIDE MORGAN, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, RESERVE COUNTY BRED MARKET HOGBUYER: UNION BANK

RANDI WARREN, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, RESERVE COUNTY BRED COMMERCIAL HEIFER- BUYER: UNION BANK

KALLI SMITH, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, RESERVE COUNTY BRED REGISTERED HEIFER- BUYER: POLK COUNTY CATTLEMENS ASSOC.

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PAIGE EVANS, MENA FFA, MARKET LAMBBUYER: GENTRY CHEVROLET

RYAN WALSTON, HATFIELD GREEN TEAM 4H, MARKET HOG- BUYER: CHAMBERS BANK

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RAEGAN BILLS, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, MARKET HOG- BUYER: TOON CATTLE COMPANY

MAKOURI GABOUREL, MENA FFA, MARKET LAMB- BUYER: MENA FORD

HANNAH BELL, HICKORY CREEK 4H/ COSSATOT RIVER FFA, MARKET HOG- BUYER: UNION BANK

MAGGI JO TADLOCK, COSSATOT RIVER ACHIEVERS 4H, MARKET HOG- BUYER: UNION BANK

KELCY FRACHISEUR, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, MARKET GOAT- BUYER: GENTRY CHEVROLET

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JOSEY JOHNSTON, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, MARKET HOG- BUYER: TYSON

DALTON JEWELL, COSSATOT RIVER ACHIEVERS 4H, MARKET HOG – BUYER: FIRST FINANCIAL BANK

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TRAYTON JOHNSON, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, MARKET STEER- BUYER: UNION BANK

ADDI DOLLAR, IRONS FORK 4H/MENA FFA, MARKET LAMB- BUYER: FARM BUREAU INSURANCE

KAILEY WAD, HICKORY CREEK 4H/COSSATOT RIVER FFA, MARKET GOAT- BUYER: TYSON

CORA MORGAN, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, MARKET HOG- BUYER: TYSON

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TAYLOR THACKER, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, COUNTY BRED HEIFER- BUYER: DIAMOND BANK

ABYGAIL FORTNER, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, MARKET HOG- BUYER: UNION BANK

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DAVID DOLLAR, IRONS FORK 4H/MENA FFA, MARKET LAMB- BUYER: UNION BANK

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MIKALA EVANS, MENA FFA, MARKET HOGBUYER: UNION BANK

TRAYTON JOHNSON, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, MARKET LAMB- BUYER: BRAD & KASEY FRACHISEUR

BREEZIE HENDRIX, MENA FFA, MARKET HOGBUYER: UNION BANK

JUSTIN BELL, HICKORY CREEK 4H/ COSSATOT RIVER FFA, COUNTY BRED HEIFER- BUYER: UNION BANK

LYNLEE COOK, HATFIELD GREEN TEAM 4H, MARKET LAMB- BUYER: KENNY MILLER, SHELTER INSURANCE

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HEATH PARKS, COSSATOT RIVER ACHIEVERS 4H, MARKET HOG- BUYER: UNION BANK

JACI ALLEN, MENA FFA, MARKET GOATBUYER: UNION BANK

BRAYLEE JEWELL, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, MARKET LAMB- BUYER: FIRST FINANCIAL BANK

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KELCY FRACHISEUR, COSSATOT RIVER FFA, MARKET HOG- BUYER: TYSON

COOPER HAYES, HICKORY CREEK 4H, MARKET HOG- BUYER: UNION BANK

NATALIE BAILEY, ALL AROUND 4H, MARKET HOG- BUYER: FIRST FINANCIAL BANK

KAMP FRACHISEUR, COSSATOT RIVER ACHIEVERS 4H, MARKET GOAT- BUYER: GENTRY CHEVROLET

AVA RUTH FIELDS, MOUNTAIN VALLEY 4H, MARKET GOAT- BUYER: UNION BANK

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Coach Bentley Debuts and Bearcats Blank Leopards Coach Craig Bentley won his debut contest as Mena’s head football coach Friday night as his Bearcats blanked the De Queen Leopards 36-0 at Randall Whorton Field in action heard live on KQOR 105.3. Mena’s offense scored on its first five possessions of the night, while the Bearcats stingy defense forced six turnovers while pitching the shut-out. The Bearcats co-captains Marc Wilson, Zane Stephens, Andrew Graves, and Tristen Beck won the coin toss and Mena elected to defer to the second half. On De Queen’s fifth play of the night, the Bearcats picked off a Leopard pass to set Mena up at midfield. On his first carry of the night Jake Wiles bolted 50 yards down the left sidelines as the Bearcats drew first blood. Evan Graves connected on the P.AT. to put Mena up 7-0 with 8:20 to go in the opening quarter. After the Mena defense stopped the Leopards on downs at the Bearcat 44, quarterback Max Montgomery directed a 56 yard drive in seven plays. The score came with 2:07 to go in the first quarter on a perfectly delivered 25 yard pass from Montgomery to Marc Wilson, who had slipped behind the De Queen secondary. The extra point by Evan Graves gave Mena a 14-0 lead at the end of the opening quarter. The Bearcats continued to pour it on in the second quarter. Big Cash Parker bolted in from a yard out with 8:56 to play in the second quarter to cap a 54 yard drive in eight plays. The big play of the drive was a 44 yard completion from Montgomery to Zane Stephens. The snap on the extra point attempt was high. Mena’s good fortunes continued however as the holder Stephens outraced defenders around the right side for a two point conversion to ex-

tend the lead to 22-0. Mena then included highly-recruited junior tight end Mason Brotherton in the offense. After connecting on a 17 yard completion, Montgomery found Brotherton again in the end zone for a 20 yard scoring toss with 3:19 to go in the second. The P.A.T. from Graves put Mena up 29-0. The Bearcats capped the scoring with a nine yard pass from Montgomery to Brotherton with 1:13 left in the half. Graves’ extra point made the halftime score 36-0, invoking the sportsmanship rule for the second half. In the first half, Mena rolled up 297 yards in total offense while limiting the Leopards to 34. With the game in hand and the clock running continuously in the second half, Coach Bentley left most of his starters in for the third quarter to get some more work in. Both teams substituted freely in the fourth quarter, and the 36-0 halftime score stood up as the final score. Looking at some team statistics, Mena rolled up 16 first downs to eight for De Queen. The Bearcats finished with 383

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yards in total offense to 115 for the Leopards. Mena won the time of possession battle 29:35 to 18:25. Individually, Montgomery completed 13 of 22 attempts for 182 yards and three touchdowns. Brotherton had four receptions for 59 yards and two scores. Ste-

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phens had two catches for 47 yards. Wilson had two receptions for 31 yards and a score. Gaven Hooper had two catches for 25 yards. Wiles had two receptions for 16 yards. Wiles led the Mena rushing attack with 132 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.


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U of A Rich Mountain Bucks Soccer Showing Promise The UA Rich Mountain Bucks Soccer teams made a trip to the piney woods of east Texas last Tuesday to take on the Jacksonville College Jaguars. In the men’s game the Bucks opened scoring in the 15th

Cesar Requena nab a goal within the first minute of play. Theart then added a goal of his own in the 56th minute with an assist from Josh Gounden. The Bucks peppered the Paris keeper with 9 shots on goal to the

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minute on a Daniel Perez goal that was assisted by Maurice Theart. Unfortunately for The Bucks, Jacksonville scored an equalizer 6 minutes later on a Christian Bosquez goal followed by another Jacksonville goal in the 37th minute. Staying in the game, the Bucks had the Jags in their sites at half time down 2 goals to 1. After the half the game was goalless until 12 minutes before the end of regulation when Bucks player Maurice Theart added a 2nd goal to draw level before the Jags finished off the Bucks with 84th minute goal with Bosquez getting a double on the day. At the final whistle in a hard fought match it was Jacksonville College 3, UA Rich Mountain 2. In the ladies game Jacksonville College dominated the Lady Bucks with goals in the 7th, 50th and 64th minutes. The Lady Bucks showed loads of promise with 9 shots on goal, but couldn’t get a ball past the keeper. Marina Villanueva of the Lady Jaguars had a double scoring the final two goals of the match with Jacksonville winning 3 nil. On Sunday The Bucks men’s squad travelled to Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas and came away with a 2 nil win with goals on either side of the half. Maurice Theart continued his goal assist run helping

opponents 4. The UA Rich Mountain Soccer teams next match is away to LSU-Eunice in Cajun country on September 7th.


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UARM Cross Country Dominates Lion’s Invitational The UARM Men’s Cross Country team claimed the first 6 positions in the Lion’s Club Invitational held Friday in Mena. The Men’s and Ladies Bucks took on Redlands Community College, Carl Albert Junior College and Connor State. Jordan Foster took first place with a time of 28:41.8 in the

8K invitational while Cross Hughes clocked in at 29:40.8, Clint Buck at 29:49.4, Asael Sanchez with a time of 29:59.5, Mikey Tenorio at 30:10.2 and finishing off the top 6 was Robert McIntyre with a time of 30:33.7 on the day. This win was the first perfect score in the programs history.

The UARM Ladies Cross Country team took second place overall in their 5K race. Miriam Mendez took 3rd place with a time of 21:10.9, Marlenne Mendez took 4th with a time of 21:13.7, Shannan Gardner took 6th with 21:54.9 and Faith Hill at 12th with 24:49.3

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UA Rich Mountain to Host NASA Engineer on September 13 in the Ouachita Center

[MENA, Ark.] As the country has celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Mission this year, and Neil Armstrong’s historical walk on the moon, Mena will have a unique and rare opportunity of its own. On Friday, September 13, UA Rich Mountain will host NASA engineer Clay Robertson for two special presentations in the Ouachita Center. Robertson will be bringing several NASA exhibits with him as well as speaking and sharing from his fascinating and impressive career that ranges from the Orbiter Discovery to participating in the recovery efforts of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Robertson currently works at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama supporting the development of the Space Launch System and the Deep Space Habitat test bed activities. His early years began at the Kennedy Space Center where, after earning his electrical engineering degree from Tennessee Tech University, he became a full-time employee at the Kennedy Space Center working as the onsite NASA representative providing oversight for the preparations for the Orbiter Discovery. During this time, he worked in the Orbiter Processing Facilities, the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building and the two space shuttle launch pads. After a couple of years, he moved to engineering where he was a member of a group of en-

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different 40-person firefighter ground crews in the swamps on the border of Texas and Louisiana. “It’s such a unique opportunity to have someone who works with NASA share with us about his fascinating career. It is such a privilege to have him on our campus and are hopeful that the community will take advantage of hearing his presentation,” said Brenda Miner, Director of Library Services. Robertson will be bringing with him several NASA exhibits, including astronaut food, a pop-up structure titled: ‘NASA Technology Spin-Offs: From Rockets to Race Cars’, and a panel of picture titled: ‘America from Space’ will also be on display. This presentation is made possible

through the Duke Frederick Lecture Series through the UA Rich Mountain Foundation. “We’re so delighted that Brenda worked so diligently to coordinate for a NASA presenter, especially as the country remembers the 50th Anniversary of the first walk on the moon. It’s so appropriate and such an incredibly unique opportunity for our students and our community,” said Diann Gathright, Director of Development. There are two opportunities to hear Robertson’s presentation on September 13, at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The event is free but it is recommended to make reservations by calling Brenda Miner, 479.394.7622 ext. 1370.


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County Sales Tax Revenue Drops Slightly During Month of August Last week, Polk County Treasurer Tanya Fretz reported the county experienced a slight decline in the sales tax collections for the month of August, however, sales tax revenue in August was higher than the amount collected in July. During August, Polk County collected $132,024.54 in the Sales Tax General account and $132,024.54 in the Road Improvement Sales Tax 1% account, which was slightly less than the amount collected in 2018. In 2018, the county collected $132,795.18 or an additional $770.64 in both the Sales Tax General and the Road Improvement Sale Tax 1% account. According to Fretz's report, the county collected more Sales Tax General revenue in August than the county did in July, resulting in an additional $9,171.01 during the month of August. For the year, Polk County has collected $1,032,866.33 in sales tax revenue in the Sales Tax General account and $1,032,866.33 in sales tax revenue in the Road Improvement Sale Tax 1% account. Fretz reported the county's total sales tax collections are up by $22,927.52.

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Arkansans Must Be 21 to Purchase Tobacco Arkansas has joined other states in upping the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21. As of last Sunday you must be 21 to purchase tobacco products. The new law includes cigars,

rolling papers and cigarettes as well as the popular electronic cigarette devices and vape juice. Anyone under 21 caught with these products could be cited. Anyone who turns 19 by December 31st, 2019 is not subject to the law, nor anyone who is under 21 and has a military ID card. According to Lung.org, the official website of the American Lung Association, almost 2,500 teens try their first cigarette and

more than 400 of them will become daily smokers. More than half of them will eventually die from the habit. The vaping habit among teens has exploded in recent years with 37.3% of 12th graders reporting they have tried vaping in the last year. Those stats are according to the drugabuse.org website. The CDC reports that E-Cigarettes can contain harmful substances besides nicotine.

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in Polk County is asking that local businesses or individuals assist them in tackling this unfortunate situation in making sure that children in our area have toys needed to keep those smiles shining brightly. Approximately 551 children in Polk County received 2,364 toys, stocking stuffers and books. That amounts to $43.42 per child in gifts. Overall, $23,927.59 was garnered in monetary donations toward last year’s campaign.

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Come enjoy the beauty of Rich Mountain with family and friends. Queen Wilhelmina Hamfest (QWHA) is hosting the Arkansas ARRL State Convention for 2019 this coming Friday and Saturday, September 6th and 7th, for their 50th. Fifty years ago a number of guys on 75 meters decided to come to this place to do just that. Come enjoy the mountain, fellowship, and Queen Wilhelmina State Park which sits at an elevation of 2500 feet. There will be plenty of flea market booths provided inside or outside the two tents. Checkout Friday’s Cookout under the tent. It begins at 5:00 p.m.; tickets available for this event or the banquet held on Saturday. This year tickets for the Cookout and the Banquet will be sold at the hospitality tent and NOT at the lodge as in years past. Checkout the Queen Wilhelmina State Parks website for their schedule of events or activities and enjoy the weekend with us.

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Weekly Publication THURSDAY, SEPT. 5TH – • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 11:30 a.m. – Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Contact Sue Cavner at (479)2345844 or Linda Rowe at (479)234-2575 for more info. • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Good Vibes Art Day at the Mena Art Gallery. All mediums welcome, from fiber art, painting and crafting. Open to public. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Cove Branch of the Polk County Library is open. • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Salvation Army Family Store helps families with utilities. • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – LIVE Country & Gospel Music. Open to the public at the Daisy Room, Janssen Florist in downtown Mena. • 5:30 p.m. – Weight Watchers meets at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Education Wing, West End. Call (479)2342297 for more information. • 5:30 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous women’s meeting at the ABC Club at 1159 Highway 71 South., Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)243-0297. • 6:00 p.m. – Disabled American Veterans & Auxiliary Meeting and Potluck. Meeting follows dinner, American Legion at Veteran’s Park at Acorn. • 7:00 p.m. – Big Fork RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the Fire Station. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)2430297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn, next to The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – The Ink RVFD Business Meeting & Training will be at the community building. • 7:30 p.m. – Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 meets at the Mena Lodge located in the Old Post Office by Janssen Park. FRIDAY, SEPT. 6TH – • 8:00 a.m. – Queen Wilhelmina Hamfest – at Queen Wilhelmina State Park, testing begins and a special events station celebrating the 50th anniversary of the hamfest. • 8:00 a.m. HSO Rummage for Rescues at the Mena Elks Lodge on 375

So, 1 mile south of Hwy 8 East. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – The Lions Meetings are held in the Lions Club House on Highway 71 South. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn, next to The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Hatfield Auditorium Country-Western Dance Admission is $6 and 50/50 drawing. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)2430297. • 9:30 p.m. – Karaoke Contest at Fraternal Order of the Eagles, 3091 Hwy. 71 North. $5 Entry fee. Must be 21 years old.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 7TH – • 8:00 a.m. HSO Rummage for Rescues at the Mena Elks Lodge on 375 So, 1 mile south of Hwy 8 East. • 8:00 a.m. – Queen Wilhelmina Hamfest – at Queen Wilhelmina State Park, testing begins and a special events station celebrating the 50th anniversary of the hamfest. • 10:00 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous Men’s Meeting – ABC Club, across form Chopping Block: 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena – (281)387-0400. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 1:00 p.m. – There will be an M.S.A.A. Support Group meeting in Room 156 at UA-Rich Mountain. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Highway 71 North, Acorn. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)243-0297 or (479)2164606.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 8TH – • 2:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)2430297. • 3:00 p.m. – Worship Service is held at Sulphur Springs Church.

SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 MyPulseNews.com news@mypulsenews.com 479-243-9600 MONDAY, SEPT. 9TH – • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. – The Cove Branch Library will be open. • 1:30 p.m. – Polk County Genealogical Society will meet at the Polk County Library. • 3:00 p.m. – The Airport Commission Meeting will be held at the UARich Mountain Boardroom in the Spencer Building, 1100 College Drive. • 6:00 p.m. – PCVO Bingo at American Legion Building, Highway 71 North, Acorn. • 6:00 p.m. – Democratic Party of Polk County meets at Papa’s Mexican Café. Anyone interested is welcome. You do not have to be a member. • 6:30 p.m. – PolkCounty Geneological Society will meet at the Polk County Library- program: Family Artifacts. • 6:30 p.m. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 meets at First United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club 1159 Hwy 71, S., Mena. 479-216-4606 or 479-243-0297. • 7:00 p.m. – Narcotics Anonymous meets at the old bus barn, next to The Crossing Church. • 7:00 p.m. – Mena Elks Lodge meeting. All Elks are invited to attend. TUESDAY, SEPT. 10TH – • 8:00 a.m. – The Reynolds Gardner Community Men’s Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The written portion of the drivers test will be given at the Morrow Street Housing Authority, and as long as road conditions are optimal the driving portion of the test will be given. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Polk County Family Mission is open in the 9th Street Ministries Building. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Hatfield Branch Library will be open. • 5:00 p.m. – T.O.P.S. will meet in the Union Bank Community Room for weigh-ins, followed by a meeting. • 6:00 p.m. – Home Front Warriors CMA Chapter 377 Bible Study at the Limetree Restaurant. Public is invited. • 6:00 p.m. – American Legion Post 18 Potluck Dinner, at Veteran’s Park in Acorn, with meeting to follow at 7 p.m. • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Polk County Housing Authority Community Room LIVE Country and Gospel music.

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• 6:30 p.m. – Shady Fire and Rescue District 10 will meet at the Shady Community Center. • 7:00 p.m. – The Dallas Valley R.V.F.D. will meet for training at the Firehouse. • 7:00 p.m. – The Acorn Fire and Rescue will meet at the Fire Department. • 7:00 p.m. – Ross-Tunnell Post #249 will meet at the Wickes Community Center. • 8:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting at First United Methodist Church, 9th & Port Arthur. (479)234-2887 or (479)234-3043. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11TH – • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Shepherd’s Closet open at First Baptist Church 4802 Hwy 71 S Hatfield, AR (870)3896412. Accepting and distributing clothing/ usable household items/and nonperishable food items. • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Humane Society of the Ouachitas is open at 368 Polk Road 50. • 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Mena Art Gallery Art Group meeting. • 11:30 a.m. – MHS Class of ’59 will meet at the Branding Iron Restaurant. • 12:00 p.m. - The Emergency Warning Sirens will be tested in Mena. • 12:00 p.m. – Polk County Retired Teachers will meet at the New China Restaurant. • 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – The Polk County Library Cove Branch is open. • 12:00 p.m. – Quality of Life Outreach meeting at Lavilla Restaurant. • 5:30 p.m. – Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Bible Study Service. • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Trek and Varsity for Middle and High School students at Grace Bible Church, 1911 Highway 71 North, Mena. All Area Middle and High School students are welcome. • 7:00 p.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous at the ABC Club, 1159 Highway 71 South, Mena. (479)216-4606 or (479)2430297.

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Plays, Concerts, and More Coming to OLT This Fall Four one-act satirical plays written by Anton Chekhov will be the fall production at Ouachita Little Theatre. Directed by John Puddington, the plays include “The Harmful Effects of Tobacco”, “The Anniversary,” “The Proposal,” and “The Bear.” Michael Cate has joined the cast replacing Ron Webb who became unavailable to participate. All four short comedies will be presented in each performance on the dates of October 11,12,13 and 18,19,20. Rehearsals are underway, and advanced tickets are now on sale at the OLT office. Your season ticket will cover this event. In conjunction with the Ouachita Arts Celebration, The Remnants of Rock, will perform a show on the OLT stage on Saturday, November 2, bringing the best music from the golden era of Rock, 1959-1969. The band played on college campuses all over Arkansas and the Mid-West, including the Mena High School Junior-Senior Prom in the spring of 1971. Tickets go on sale Monday, September 9, at the OLT office (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be available at the Polk County Chamber of Commerce Depot Office, First Financial Bank, and Union Bank. All tickets are $20; this concert is independent of your season ticket. Auditions for the JOLT Christmas play, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” directed by Alexa Night will be held October 14-15 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the theater. The performances will be December 6,7,8, and 13,14,15. This funny and popular show will feature parts for many youngsters interested in theater. More details will follow in the weeks to come. Mark your calendars; and don’t forget the monthly Wednesday Night at the Lyric at 6:30 PM with free admissions to classic film presentations. On September 11, OLT will show “Goldfinger” starring Sean Connery as a young James Bond. October 9 will feature the annual Halloween themed movie, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” Come “play” with us!!!


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Expanding Access for Those in Mental Health Crisis Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s Weekly Address LITTLE ROCK – Today I want to talk about what we are doing in Arkansas to expand access to mental health services and for those in need of drug-addiction counseling. In the two years since we transformed Medicaid coverage, the number of counselors has risen from 31 in 2017 to 207 this last year. That is an increase of 567 percent. The number of behavioral health agency sites has increased from 253 to 311. What that means for Arkansas is that more people have quicker access to the professional assistance they need. The obvious ill effects of the abuse of drugs and alcohol, often leads to mental-health issues. Arkansas is blessed with leaders in the Department of Human Services, the Department of Health, and the General Assembly who understand that we have to find creative ways to help our neighbors. They know that if we don’t act, the epidemic will swamp families and entire communities. The goal of the 2017 Medicaid transformation was to expand counseling for drug addiction and broaden access to mental-health services. We eliminated the rule that limited the number of providers that Medicaid could reimburse for services. We increased the rate of reimbursement to increase the number of counselors. This leveled the playing field for the small service providers. The new rules also allowed counselors to work in the same building as doctors. This has improved the chance for suc-

cessful treatment because a doctor is free to send a patient to a counselor down the hall rather than simply hope the patient will drive across town a week later to keep an appointment. DHS has launched a helpline with trained staff members who will steer to the appropriate source those who are seeking help with mental-health issues and drug addiction. The helpline complements Arkansas’s

system of Crisis Stabilization Units, which offers a person in the midst of a mental-health crisis the option of immediate treatment rather than a trip to jail. Arrest isn’t always the best option for a person who is suffering a mental-health crisis. Staff members at the CSUs are trained to assess the needs of those in crisis, provide immediate aid, and then guide them to the appropriate help. The success of our CSUs and the

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Credit card skimming devices were recently found at a gas station in Russellville. The Russellville Police Department posted on its Facebook page that the devices were found inside the gas pumps and their investigation is on-going. Card skimming thieves often travel a region placing their skimming devices in various gas pumps making a cir-

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growth in the number of providers allows us to give more Arkansans a chance to improve their life. With the launch of the Mental Health and Addiction Services Support line, my hope is that our reach will expand faster and farther. Our goal is to help Arkansans who are in distress to navigate their obstacles rather than add to their load with an arrest record or leave them to face their trouble alone. As I have toured the state during natural disasters, I have seen over and over that we show up in huge numbers to rescue our neighbors. In that same spirit, we are showing up to help those who are suffering through a crisis of a different kind.

Application Period Open for Wildlife Conservation Education Grants The Arkansas Economic Development Commission Division of Rural Services has announced the Wildlife Conservation Education Grants Program application period is open now through Oct. 4. More than $678,000 is available for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. Funds for these grants come from fines collected by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Programs eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, the study of general fish and wildlife conservation issues, Project WILD Workshops, Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program, Arkansas. Youth Shooting Sports Program, Fishing in the Natural State, Arkansas Stream Team, School Yard Habitat Site Development, and specialized AGFC conservation education/educator training workshops focused on the programs above. Funds may also be used for field trips to AGFC Nature Centers, Conservation Education Centers and Wildlife Management Areas. For a county-by-county listing of available funds and an application, www.arkansasedc.com/Rural-Services/ division/grants/wildlife-education-grant.


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